Post by catchumall on Sept 16, 2016 13:55:08 GMT -5
Anyone recall an "AMW"-type fugitive hunt series that aired in syndication for one season in the mid-1990s. I remember the show aired on Saturday afternoons in my local city but there wasn't a website for the show and there are no reruns to view online.
The series was hosted and produced by Mike Hegedus, who had worked as a news reporter for KPIX CBS affiliate in San Francisco before the series premiered, and later worked for CNBC. The series profiled wanted fugitives in each half hour show using news footage and reinactments. Viewers can contact the show by a toll-free phone number with tips.
One case I remember had profiled actor Joel Kenney, who starred in the Walt Disney film "Midnight Madness" in 1980, who was wanted for child molestation. An online search revealed Kenney was arrested years after the Prime Suspect show ended and was serving time in prison.
I think AMW and the Prime Suspect show profiled a few of the same fugitives but I'm not sure. Anyone remember other details?
Last Edit: Sept 16, 2016 18:41:07 GMT -5 by catchumall
Post by Scumhunter on Sept 16, 2016 18:30:47 GMT -5
I never saw it but remember hearing about this show as a sort of America's Most Wanted imitation. There was also another show called Missing: Reward that was sort of similar but focused on missing children and known abductors.
My guess it wasn't very successful (ratings-wise, not to say it wasn't a good show) and perhaps there were other AMW imitators, but AMW was in a league of it's own.
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Post by catchumall on Sept 16, 2016 18:50:42 GMT -5
True. Having a prime-time network time slot and backing to provide for the phone hotline and the staff to jot down the tips and having actual law enforcement personnel assigned to the cases profiled on the show's broadcast on camera helped in "AMW's" and "Unsolved Mysteries'". Of course, John Walsh's sincerity, conviction, and enduring tragedy himself add integrity to whatever project he is involved in.
"Prime Suspect" mostly had Host Hegedus in a studio set introducing and narrating the various fugitive profiles. Not sure if he interacted with any law enforcement officials connected with the cases or with the crime victim's relatives and acquaintances much. Very low budget show. Syndicated programs shown at varied times and days across the US can be difficult to attract a wide consistent audience and to keep the cases at a high profile level as well. Valiant attempt, though.
Last Edit: Sept 16, 2016 18:52:42 GMT -5 by catchumall